Traditional Anniversary Gifts as Experiences

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Gift experiences for anniversary presents

Most people know that the first anniversary is paper and the second cotton but did you know that the 65th is blue sapphire? Or that we don’t get a wine anniversary until the 85th year of marriage?! It’s a lovely idea to try and match an anniversary gift to the appropriate year and it does show the level of thought that’s gone into the gift buying. So to help you choose an alternative anniversary gift we’ve put together a list of traditional anniversary gifts with some links to quirky Uniquely Local experiences to suit the anniversary year.

NB: We realise that the links for some years are very tenuous. They are meant to be a bit tongue in cheek but we do have a wide range of excellent experiences perfect for anniversary gifts


1st – Paper Produce your very own artwork on an Art N Stay overnight art experience in South Yorkshire.
2nd – Cotton Send your loved on on a cushion making workshop where they’ll make two cushions and enjoy a homemade lunch and afternoon tea.
3rd – Leather Put on the leather falconry glove and enjoy this hawk flying experience in York city centre. 
4th – Linen Enjoy a two night stay in the luxury and comfort of an independent boutique hotel in the ancient city of York (with crisp, fresh bed linen) will ensure your 4th anniversary is a romantic success.
5th – Wood Learn to make small bowls on a wood turning experience.
6th – Iron Hammer it out on this one day blacksmithing course.
7th – Copper Join your loved one at the copper still and create your own signature gin in this Leeds gin making experience for two.
8th – Bronze Eight years together deserves a special gift. Enjoy a Cookery Workshsop in York.
9th – Pottery Get to grips with the potters wheel on a pottery throwing experience.
10th – Tin Enjoy a food tour and tas’tin’g on your tenth anniversary together.
11th – Steel Enjoy an afternoon in the Steel city with a food tour of Kelham Island in Sheffield.
12th – Silk & Fine Linen Treat yourself to the perfect couples’ retreat on your 12th anniversary with a shepherd’s hut stay near the North York Moors
13th – Lace The perfect gift for a cheese loving couple – a full days’ cheese making workshop at Lacey’s Cheese in the Yorkshire Dales.
14th – Ivory You’ve spent 14 years together, isn’t it time you learned to dance in perfect time with each other on a dance experience for two people
15th – Crystal Enjoy the clink of the crystal glasses as you indulge in a sparkling afternoon tea for two.
20th – China Indulge in afternoon tea with a twist drinking gin punch from china cups at Lazy Lounge in Leeds.
25th – Silver Create your own silver jewellery on this silver fidget ring workshop
30th – Pearl It’s the pearl in our oyster of couples’ experiences – a half day couples pottery experience with afternoon tea 
35th – Coral We can’t promise coral but you will enjoy being by the seaside in this night time photography experience in Whitby or York.
40th – Ruby Find out whether ruby is one of your dominant colours in this Colour Analysis with a Personal Stylist.
50th – Gold Award yourself a gold star in this back to school experience where you’ll join a Half Day Whisky Making Experience and learn all about the process of whisky making in Yorkshire.
60th – Diamond Find the diamond in the Hidden Gems in this Hidden Gems Food Tour of York
65th – Blue Sapphire Cosy up together and enjoy the blue cheese in this Cheese Hamper from George and Joseph in Leeds.
70th – Platinum A platinum experience if there ever was one. Fashion yourself a unique piece of jewellery from recycled gold, silver or platinum using this wax moulding kit. The Heirloom Jewellery Kit can be used to make one necklace but multiple can be ordered for his and hers matching sets.
80th – Oak Forage for your lunch in the woods on this Foraging experience.
85th – Wine Tour of the Yorkshire Heart vineyard followed by tasting and nibbles.
90th – Stone Enjoy a pebble mosaic workshop with an award winning mosaic artist.